Tex L. Troutman
September 6, 1926 ~ August 1, 2014
Tex L. Troutman, 87, of Bridgeport, WA, passed away on August 1, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born September 6, 1926, in Bridgeport to Wade and Dora (Hopp) Troutman, a pioneer family in Douglas County. Tex attended Bridgeport schools through his senior year, where he graduated from Brewster High School in 1945. After graduation, Tex enlisted in the Army and served in Berlin during the U.S. occupation. Tex married the love of his life, Janis Pryor on March 6, 1948, and they recently celebrated 66 years together. Tex and Jan began their career as third generation Pearl Hill farmers, moving on to the homestead place in 1951. They lived there for 30 years, raising their three children, wheat, cattle, and later, apples. In 1980, they built their current residence on Pearl Hill, where they have resided until his passing. He was an accomplished horseman, and cattle rancher. Tex loved living on Pearl Hill. He enjoyed playing with children and teaching them how to get the most out of life. He was a loyal friend and a good neighbor.
Tex was active in the Foster Creek Soil Conservation District and served as Supervisor. He was selected Conservation District Farmer of the year in 1982. He served on the Bridgeport School Board, Douglas County Fire Department District 3, Washington Cattlemen’s Association, was a member of the Lion’s Club and a charter member of American Legion Post 0218.
Tex is survived by his wife, Janis, at home; his children: son, Wade Troutman and his wife, Jane, and daughter, Tammy Mauk, all of Bridgeport, WA; daughter, Terry Kinzel and her husband, Kurt of Ephrata, WA; grandchildren, Alicia Sanchez, Sarah Troutman-Zahn, Matthew Troutman, Dustin Mauk, Joelle Langner, Cory Kinzel, Jennifer Brito and Marcy Millett; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Dora; a sister, Melba Cannon; two brothers, Tom and Pat; and son-in-law, Larry Mauk.
Memorial Services will be held at the Bridgeport Community Church at 1300 Foster Avenue on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Bridgeport Ambulance Fund at P.O. Box 640, Bridgeport, WA 98813. Services are entrusted to Barnes Chapel of Brewster. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and memories for the family at www.barneschapel.com.